Recipe Corner: Sunshine Booster Smoothie

I saw this fun recipe the other day – It seemed like a perfect, refreshing drink to celebrate the weather finally getting somewhat “Springy” out!

The mega health benefits of the pineapple mixed with some super anti-inflammatory ingredients make this a great drink for the whole family all summer long.  Lots of fun ways to put a twist on it too.  We would love to hear what your favorite way to make this drink is!

Happy Almost Summer! 🙂

 

Pineapple Smoothie

Photo by: Jennifer Kass

Ingredients Needed:

Frozen pineapple
Coconut water
Ginger
Turmeric
Lime juice

Click here for recipe originally posted on Well & Good NYC

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Activity Corner: Easy Springtime Bird Feeder

Spoon Bird Feeder

Looking for something fun to do with the kids to celebrate Spring finally making an appearance?
This is a fun and easy craft to do with preschool aged children. It says that it would take about an hour, but depending on how much (or how little) additional decorating you plan on doing, this could take less time. Parents need to take care of cutting the holes, but your preschooler will definitely enjoy helping out with the rest of it.  If your kids like stickers as much as mine, you can always have them add stickers or paint on some other decorations of their own around the bottle.  Then just add the birdseed, hang, and enjoy! 🙂


What You’ll Need:

  • Clean 1-liter soda bottle
  • Craft knife
  • 2 wooden spoons
  • Small eye screw
  • Length of twine for hanging

See Instructions For Full Craft Here!

 

This activity was originally posted on Spoonful.com.

See The Rainbows?

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“See the Rainbows, Mama? Seeee??”

What is it that children have that always allows them to see the magic in the most seemingly ordinary things? Do they have special eyes that we slowly lose over time? Or is it merely that they have not yet become jaded as adults do, and are therefore just able to see things more clearly, more purely than we can?

My daughter constantly reminds me to “see the rainbows.” We have some beveled glass in our front door, and when the morning sun hits it just right, it casts prisms across our front hallway. I’ll never forget the day my daughter first really discovered this. She walked out front, squealed, pointed, drew in her breath, then yelled out, “See the Rainbows? See?” She came running into the kitchen, grabbed me by the hand and pulled me out. “See the Rainbows, Mama? See?” The joy and wonder on her face tugged on my heart. She continued to pull us out there all morning long. She would point to them, touch them, stick her toes in, try to sit on them, and sometimes just stand there holding my hand in wonder, saying, “See? See?” It was a perfect moment. A perfect, ordinary, normal, magical moment. A moment that I come back to again and again because it taught me something – It reminded me to always look for the magic in things. To let my daughter lead me in remembering what it’s like to have pure joy, hope, innocence, and magic. To be truly present in just one moment and to not let anything else cloud that.

Easter is often viewed by Christians as a time of rebirth and new hope. Even if you are not religious, Easter is synonymous with Spring, and Spring is most certainly a time of new life. We begin to see the plants peek their heads out through the seemingly dead ground. The birds appear once again. Sunshine feels like a long-lost friend, warm upon our face. Hope is in the air. It’s easier to be positive in the Spring. The extra light and signs of new life prove to us that summer is on its way and we are filled with fun thoughts of good things to come. If only for a brief moment, we are once again able to feel the “magic” in the air.

We need to try to remember that there is always magic in the world. Sometimes it feels like all the magic is gone. We’re often so caught in the horrible stories on the news, the stresses of work and family life, the weather, the commute, our everyday worries and anxieties and routines, that we forget to take a moment and just enjoy, well, the moment itself. There are still so many wonderful things in this world to cherish. There’s still hope for us to reach our dreams, to stretch to our true potential. There is always a reason somewhere to smile, to laugh, to enjoy one quiet breath. Somewhere deep inside of all of us is that ability to still “see the rainbows.” We may sometimes have to look a little harder to see the magic in the world, but it is still there.

This Spring, let’s hold onto that feeling of hope and rebirth, find that childlike corner of our heart (no matter how small it may have become) and try to stay positive. Live life from one joy to the next and always find a way to see the rainbows. They might sometimes be behind a cloud, but they are still always there!

Photo Credit: Nature’s Images via photopin cc

This article was originally published at Silverpen Productions, LLC.